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Accessory vessel
Date Made/Found: 2350-800 BC
Excavator: John Percy Heathcote , born 1904
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , born 1904
Previous owner: Joseph Clee Heathcote , 1874 - 1952
Excavator: Joseph Clee Heathcote , 1874 - 1952
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 43mm, Diam. (rim) 45mm, Diam. (base) 43mm, Diam. (shoulder) 61mm, Neck depth 25mm, Diam. (perforations) 4mm
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1979.980
Small pottery cups are often found buried in Bronze Age graves alongside other pots. They are sometimes called accessory vessels. Archaeologists are not sure what the function of these tiny pots was.

Accessory vessels vary greatly in size, shape and decoration. Some have perforations on their sides and may have been suspended.

Pots were made on a household scale. People did not travel far to collect raw materials and used local sources of clay. Extra material, known as temper, was mixed into the clay to diffuse heat and stop pots from exploding during firing. Pieces of stone, straw and grog (broken up bits of old pots) were used for this purpose.
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